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Brahms' Requiem

Brahms' Requiem

Saturday, April 26, 2025 | 7:30pm

Sunday, April 27, 2025 | 3:00pm

The Granada Theatre.

Concert Duration: Approximately 100 minutes

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The Artists

Nir Kabaretti, conductor

Magdalena Kuzma, soprano

Navasard Hakobian, baritone

Santa Barbara Choral Society

Quire of Voices

Westmont College

Repertoire

Mahler | Three Rückert-Lieder

Brahms | A German Requiem

*Program content and concert dates may be subject to change: check our website for regular updates.

Polish-American soprano Magdalena Kuźma is promptly establishing a name for herself in both concert and operatic repertoire with critics at Opera News raving about her “star quality” and “strikingly good technique.” Seen and Heard International’s Rick Perdian describes her talent as “a voice that instantly engages the listener: shining, free, and lustrous.”

A current Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist, Magdalena made her mainstage Met debut in the 23-24 season as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, followed by Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at The Glimmerglass Festival. This season at the Metropolitan Opera, she sings Sister Catherine in the premiere of Dead Man Walking, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Yvette in La Rondine.

This summer, she makes her role debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro as a Fleming Artist at the Aspen Music Festival. Previous roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Orlando, Frasquita in Carmen at Santa Fe Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Yale Opera, Lila in Cold Mountain with Music Academy of the West, Blanche in Dialogues de Carmélites and Anna in Die Sieben Todsünden with Oberlin Opera, Miles in Turn of the Screw and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore at Chautauqua Opera, and Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Teatro Petrarca.

An avid recitalist, Kuźma recently performed with LyricFest and made her Wigmore debut with leading song pianist, James Baillieu. Later this year she debuts various programs at The Green Music Center, Merkin Hall, Newport Classical Music Festival, Bruno Walter Theater, and the Society of the Four Arts. Next season, she looks forward to a recital with the Cincinnati Song Initiative.

On the concert stage, she was the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Richmond Symphony. She looks forward to returning to Mahler No. 4 this summer with the Utah Symphony. In the 24-25 season, Kuźma sings the solos in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Santa Rosa Symphony and Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Santa Barbara Symphony.
Well-known in the competition circuit, Kuźma won first place in the Butler International, SAS Performing Arts, Opera Ithaca, ACPC Sembrich, Pasadena Opera, Mississippi Opera, Partners for the Arts, and Concert Artists Guild competitions; placed second at the Metropolitan Opera Regionals, Rochester International, Washington International, and Shreveport Opera competitions; placed third with Audience Favorite in the National Opera Association Competition and the Fort Worth Opera: McCammon Competition; and placed fourth in the Opera Birmingham Competition.

Magdalena Kuźma holds multiple degrees in music and social neuroscience from The Juilliard School, Oberlin College & Conservatory, and Yale University. During her studies at Yale, she received the Dean’s Award: the highest award of excellence, and was also honored as valedictorian. She is also a proud alumna of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Santa Fe Opera, Ravinia Festival, Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy, Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Institute, and The Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music

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*Program content and concert dates may be subject to change: check our website for regular updates.

Conducted by The Santa Barbara Symphony’s
World Renowned Conductor

Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.
Conducted by The Santa Barbara Symphony's World Renowned Conductor

Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.

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